FY17 applications for funding under Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project open Aug. 15 – Sept. 15, 2017

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BANGOR (Aug. 15, 2017) – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has opened a month-long signup period for a project designed to help restore streams in Maine.

The 25,000-square-mile Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project will restore some of the state’s highest-value aquatic networks from habitat fragmentation and degradation by improving road-stream crossings. Led by The Nature Conservancy and 18 other partners, the project will use Stream Smart design and installation principles to improve habitat and aquatic organism passage and reduces the impacts of increasingly volatile storm flows.

The signup period for anyone interested in the project is Aug. 15 – Sept. 15, 2017. Practices under this project that NRCS may be able to help private landowners install include: access roads, obstruction removal, riparian buffers, and streambank protection. See full list of practices here.

This Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project includes most of Maine, except Cumberland and York Counties and northern Aroostook County.

For more information (including payment schedules and ranking tools) visit NRCS’ Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project website or contact your local USDA service center.